Clearwater city council rejects move by Scientologists to remove Mark Bunker from DDB - 2021-04-15
At tonight's city council meeting, Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard announced that he was opposed to the Downtown Development Board's resolution to reduce the number of ex-officio seats from two to one, and the other members then followed suit.
As we explained last week, the DDB, which is controlled by Scientologists, had come up with the bizarre excuse that they didn't want to waste church critic Mark Bunker's time by having him in the room as an ex-officio member.
The DDB's two ex-officio members, who don't vote on the board but sit in on meetings, are Mayor Hibbard and city councilman Mark Bunker. The DDB's attorney, Elise Winters, said that two weren't necessary and they were wasting Bunker's time. The DDB, with its Scientologist majority, voted on a resolution to ask the city council to reduce the number to one, but they didn't have the right to say who they wanted to be removed.